Developmental Stage

Publication Type

Results: Women

Improving Adolescents’ Standardized Test Performance: An Intervention to Reduce the Effects of Stereotype Threat
Good, CatherineAronson, JoshuaInzlicht, Michael
2003, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

In an experiment that tested how to reduce the anxiety-inducing effects of stereotype threat, seventh grade students were divided into four groups to be mentored by college students. Three groups heard different messages about the malleability of intelligence, how difficulties in seventh grade were normal, or both. A control group was given a message about the harm of drug use. Girls in both experimental conditions did better on standardized math tests.